Have Bible, Will Travel
Pastor Louis Telcy has begun meeting with outside prayer and Bible study groups throughout the community. Groups are now forming and meeting every week at both The Crossings Assisted Living and Memory Care facility and at the Kingswood manufactured home park. Contact the church office if you would like more information about these two weekly meetings, or if you would like Pastor Louis to help you form a similar group in your neighborhood.
RESTORE Reports God’s Blessings
The RESTORE volunteers would like to thank everyone for their support throughout 2019. RESTORE, our food bank and thrift store, is staffed with volunteers who distribute food and clothing to local families and periodically hold yard sales to self-fund their operation.
Their monthly thrift store sales averages $186 per month during 2019. Their quarterly yard sales raise the majority of RESTORE income, turning donations from our friends and neighbors into cash to buy food and supplies to give away.
RESTORE had a great Thanksgiving for our clients and spent more than $4,000 for turkey and Thanksgiving trimmings. Although this giveaway depleted their funds, God is good. They were blessed with a $1,000 donation from Rice Creek Chapel Service.
Beginning in 2020, RESTORE will partner with South Shore United Methodist Church. South Shore UMC will be collecting non-perishable food and will bringing it in by the carload. Our neighboring food bank, ECHO, has also been bringing us perishable food from Sprouts every week. Volunteers also collect surplus food from Winn-Dixie, Save-a-Lot, Publix, and even Pizza Hut. All of these resources supplement our Feed America food truck that delivers surplus USDA food on Thursdays.
Yes, there’s a lot going on at RESTORE. The RESTORE team looks forward to 2020 serving the needy in our community.
Churchwide Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser
Our next church Flapjack Fundraiser will be held on Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 15th. It will be held at the Applebee’s Restaurant at 829 Providence Road from 8 AM until 10 AM. Fundraiser tickets are available for $7 each. Tickets are available from select members including Jack Findlay, John Nelson and Pastor Louis.
Metropolitan Ministries Partnership Challenge
Can you help? Our crew serve a hot lunch on Tuesdays provided to us by Metropolitan Ministries. Our hot lunch comes during the RESTORE Tuesday food pantry operation, and we serve lunch from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. On a recent Tuesday morning, we served lunches to 46 hungry people; we usually have at least 25 lunch clients, and we have had as many as 60.
We are looking for volunteers who can give us two hours on a Tuesday morning, from 10 AM until noon, once a month (or occasionally if called). Three volunteers each week is an ideal, but we can serve with only two volunteers. To sign up, write your name on the MetroMin calendar on the wall in the kitchen, or email Connie Mosley.(email@example.com)
We also need an occasional driver who can pick up the Metropolitan Ministry food from their Tampa campus on North Florida Avenue. Currently, Connie and Pastor Louis are the drivers, but they would like to have a third driver to call in an emergency.
Metropolitan Ministries meals actually cost about $2 apiece. Although we are not obligated to send money to them, we do make contributions when we can. You can participate financially by sending contributions to Metropolitan Ministries in your regular tithing envelope. Or, if you are already a regular mail contributor to Metropolitan Ministries, be sure to send it your contributions in the name of Riverview First United Methodist Church.